The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Front Page - By JAY BOB­BIN

Q: Please tell us when new episodes of Crim­i­nal Minds will start and whether Mandy Patinkin will be in the cast. — Nancy Gold­stone, Stu­art

A: The crime drama be­gins its sev­enth year Sept. 21 on CBS, and we can say with rea­son­able cer­tainty that Patinkin will not back on the show. Per­haps you’ve been im­mersed in the re­peats from ear­lier sea­sons on A&E Net­work and/or ION, but Patinkin rather fa­mously de­cided to leave the se­ries on short no­tice af­ter the first two years “due to cre­ative dif­fer­ences,” as the state­ment to the press read at the time. Though such cast mem­bers as A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster will be re­turn­ing, Patinkin is not among them.

Q. Will Harry’s Law, star­ring Kathy Bates, be re­turn­ing to TV? — Mary Ann Raines, Edge­wa­ter, Md.

A: It al­ready has, since NBC has added re­peats of the first-sea­son episodes back into its Mon­day lineup, of­fer­ing ev­i­dence why Bates is a cur­rent Emmy nom­i­nee for the show (for out­stand­ing lead ac­tress in a drama se­ries). The pro­gram be­gins new episodes in a Wed­nes­day slot Sept. 21, and some cast­ing changes will be ev­i­dent. Brit­tany Snow has left the se­ries, and Mark Val­ley ( Hu­man Tar­get) — who pre­vi­ously worked with Harry’s Law ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer David E. Kel­ley on Bos­ton Legal — will be­come a new costar, as will Tony Award win­ner Karen Olivo ( West Side Story). And Christo­pher McDon­ald is be­ing upped to costar sta­tus in his con­tin­u­ing role as Tommy Jef­fer­son.

Q: Who was the ac­tor who played Jane Riz­zoli’s love in­ter­est in the sea­son pre­miere of Riz­zoli & Isles? What else has he ap­peared in? — Mary Dobin­ski, Grand Junc­tion, Colo.

A: He’s Bri­tish-born Chris Vance, who starred in the Fox se­ries Men­tal. He’s also had roles on such se­ries as Dex­ter, Burn No­tice and Prison Break, and in Aus­tralia — where he found a lot of work be­fore com­ing to Amer­ica — he was fea­tured in the shows All Saints, The Se­cret Life of Us and Stingers.



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